Newly discovered Roman ‘motel’ in Southwark

A Roman archaeological site in Southwark, London is revealing the extent of what is believed to be a 2000-year-old Roman ‘motel’. Discovered by staff of the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), during recent commercial excavations close to the Crossbones Graveyard, it promises to be one of London’s most fascinating Roman finds.

The Roman building is thought to have been built around AD72, around 30 years after the Romans founded ‘Londinium’ – in today’s City of London. The house comprises four rooms and an internal courtyard surrounded by formal gardens. Among the treasures discovered are painted walls, coins, games and jewellery.

The site is planned for commercial development so it’s unclear how much will be retained for heritage.

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Photos: Esther Moy

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  1. To be fair, I did not know at all that there were Roman excavations going on in London at the moment. I live between Rome and London, so you can imagine how surprised and excited I am to see when I get back to London! Thank you for making discover something new!

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